Smartphone Apps For Running Your Tiny House

According to the Nielsen group’s most recent Digital Consumer Report 65% of all Americans owned a Smartphone in 2013. Now that it is 2015 it seems logical that that number has increased considerably. And we all know with that sort of technological insurgence Apps are poised to respond and/or control a multitude of areas in our lives. With HD and high resolution cameras, Internet browsers, file storage, and a host of other things, smart phones are uniquely incredible devices even straight out of the box. Add to them an arsenal of Apps and your device can now manage your tiny home. We live in an age where appliances are “smart”, computer chips are in most everything, and a virtual conversation is taking place between them all via Wi-Fi. Here are a few ways to harness all of that and use your smartphone to control your tiny house.

Smart Home‘HUE’ SMART LIGHTBULB

Made by Phillips, the Hue lighting system employs state-of-the-art LED lighting to bring color to your world. The bulbs themselves deliver clear and crisp light in all shades of white as well as every color in the spectrum. They’re practical too. They dim. They flash. They pulse. And most importantly they screw straight into your current light fittings. Naturally. Continue reading

Pet Food Storage In Small Places

When moving aboard our 42′ sailboat almost a year and a half ago, it was critical to find a safe place to store dog food right away before we untied the lines and left the dock for good.

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With not one, but two large dogs, we go through a fair amount of dog food every month and we needed a creative storage solution. We searched high and low for air tight/water tight/bug tight containers. We searched even harder for containers that would fit in the odd-shaped storage areas we have on our boat. With roughly 360 square feet of living space, storage comes at a premium. Granted, every square inch of the design was carefully thought out, storage is still very limited. Continue reading

ACE Students’ Tiny Open House

“I started working on this project without even knowing how to swing a hammer,” said Carley, a 15-year-old student at the Academy for Career Education (ACE) in Reno, Nevada. After working on a nearly completed Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Cypress tiny house, Carley now knows how to frame, build cabinets, work with electrical, and install a furnace.

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This weekend was the first open house for the nearly 50 students who take classes at the tuition-free charter school that focuses on construction and engineering. They are in the process of completing three Cypress tiny homes and are nearly finished with their first design. Each student only has about 1 1/2 hours per day to work on the houses and before they can even swing that hammer, they have to pass their OSHA certification.

The plans were donated to the school by Tumbleweed. The students plan to sell two of the homes to fund a full house building project, but the third will be kept on display for anyone interested in tiny homes. Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Tiny

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“Warning: This article is rated R and may offend younger and/or sensitive readers.”

by M.J. Boyle

Since the movie, Titanic, remains one of the most popular movies of all time, I can probably assume that you are familiar with the hand-on-the-steamy-car-window sex scene. Given this, I suppose it only makes sense that during a discussion about sex in tiny houses, a reference to sex in cars would immediately follow.

“WHAT discussion about sex in tiny houses?” you might ask.

Sex is one of those subjects (like composting toilets) where everyone hopes you will tell them all of your dirtiest and most intimate secrets while simultaneously hoping you won’t ask them to return the favor. But, when I posed the question “How is sex in tiny houses different than in a normal house?” on a popular facebook page; there was no shortage of answers. Apparently, tiny house enthusiasts are a pretty open bunch of people. Who’d thunk?

So, before I begin, I have to confess:

  1. Even though I am building a tiny house in my own driveway, I have not had sex in it. (yet)
  2. I have also not had sex in a car. (and I’ve owned one of those for over 30 years!)

Why confess, now? To help you understand how very inexperienced I am with this subject matter. Knowing that, it only makes sense that I would ask strangers to help with my research.

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First off, the dozens of people who responded to my query can pretty much be divided into two categories; those who live in a tiny house with kids, and those that don’t. It seems, and would be logical, that the subject of privacy and sex go hand in hand in such a small space. (Actually…everything goes hand in hand, in such a small space, but I digress….)

Secondly, the issues of sex in a loft space vs a first floor bedroom also came to light as it appears that sleeping (or not) in a loft requires a bit more dexterity than some tiny houses enthusiasts possess. Continue reading

Outside My Window: Grenada

One of my favorite things about living in a floating home on the water is that I can see so many different parts of the world all from the comfort of my own home.

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I can travel around at my own free will, changing my scenery whenever I please. Outside my window I see palm trees, white sand beaches and sleepy little towns. I snorkel along the coral reefs just a few feet from my home and I explore the beauty and history on land in each new place I visit. The only thing in control of where I go is the weather. Continue reading